The Bahamas are a group of 700 Islands and 2,500 cays, located off the East coast of Florida. Being a group of so many islands, it is hardly surprising that beaches are the top attractions in Bahamas. The two main islands are New Providence Island, with Nassau being its main city and Grand Bahama home to the city of Freeport.
Some of these islands are inhabited and some are not but they have been placed and named in 18 clusters, each of which have their own inhabitants and between them share the best attractions in the Bahamas.
Nassau the capital of the Bahamas, often linked to Paradise Island is the most popular destination for tourists, offering them a large choice of things to do. Atlantis, Paradise Island is home to the largest water park in the world and also gives tourists the opportunity to swim with Dolphins. Nassau itself has some excellent examples of colonial architecture as well as pirate museums.
is another popular destination offering visitors a look into the islands past. Freeport got its name by being the first place the British gave slaves their freedom, later it was famous for smuggling liquor to prohibition bound Miami. Now its attraction is the tax and duty free shopping and for that provides venues such as the Goombay Park Straw Market offering visitors local crafts at prices you can haggle over. Also there is International Bazaar, where they offer designer names in clothing and accessories, as well as jewelry. You won’t be able to haggle the price here but when you see they cost 40% of the best price you’ve seen else where, you won’t mind.
There are not just two cities to this chain of islands though and other places offer a variety of things to do.
These islands are rich in history and were the base for many of the pirates including Black Beard and Captain Morgan. As a group they offer more things to do than you could have time for, however unlike some destinations, they may not all be in one place. It is for this reason that more and more tourists are choosing to take “Island Hopping” as their preference. This combines a couple of days on each of several islands. Here are just some of the things that some of the smaller islands have to offer.
The Andros Islands, home to the third largest reef in the world offers its visitors some of the best diving experiences with underwater caves and fresh water blue holes.
When it comes to beaches in the Bahamas, the Eleuthera Islands cannot be forgotten. As well as the miles of unspoiled beaches these islands offer kayaking, cave exploring, biking and golf.
The Bimini Islands are closest to the US and offer great fishing tournaments. Bimini is known as “The Big Game Fishing Capital of the Bahamas”.
San Salvador is the first place Columbus set foot on the Americas and houses The New World museum featuring artifacts from the period as well as a history of Columbus. The Landfall Park in Fernandez Bay has a white cross to display where Columbus landed.
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